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    The aesthetics of memory: ruins, visibility and witnessing

    Palacios, Margarita (2019) The aesthetics of memory: ruins, visibility and witnessing. Sociological Review 67 (3), pp. 602-620. ISSN 1467-954X.

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    In this article I present the findings of my research regarding the transformation of the meaning of ex-­‐detention and extermination sites in Chile. In the context of the increasing cost of land and the ‘urban cleansing’ associated with global processes of neo-­‐ liberalization, I reflect in particular upon the dynamics of visibility and erasure that accompany the life of these recent ruins, and the various politics of their memorialization. From a critical phenomenological perspective I argue that ruins of sites of violence have the capacity to interrupt, transgress and even contradict narratives about them; furthermore, I discuss the relation between affect, ethics and aesthetics so as to raise questions about the possibility of witnessing and the challenges of memorialization.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ruins, Aesthetics, Memory, Witnessing, Memorialization, Chile
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 11:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:45


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